Aggressive Driving: How to Wrangle Your Road Rage Once and For All

Aggressive driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and drivers are only getting angrier. Find out how to control aggressive driving today.

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Every motorist has either been guilty of aggressive driving or been the victim of it. Most of us have been on both sides of this dangerous, but ever more common, situation. Increasingly distracted drivers on increasingly congested roads are a recipe for increasingly deadly incidents of road rage. According to a recent Washington Post article, “In 2004, police officers indicated road rage or aggression on the part of the driver as a contributing factor in 26 fatal crashes on the nation’s highways. In 2013, 247 fatal accidents met this criteria.” That’s nearly ten times more!

If you think that just controlling your own aggressive driving won’t make a difference, consider the fact that a AAA poll found that, “Half of drivers who shared road rage stories admitted to engaging in aggressive behavior in response.” The best thing you can do to keep you and your family safe is to learn how to avoid road rage. Here are some tips for maintaining peace on the road.

Don’t be a distracted driver

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We all know texting and driving is a no-no but even using your phone with a hands-free device means that you’re not completely focused on the road. This makes you more likely to drive erratically and unintentionally irritate other drivers as well as endangering yourself.

Listen to happy tunes and breathe

You’re much less prone to aggressive driving if you play music that relaxes you or puts you in a good mood. If you do feel your blood pressure starting to rise, practice some deep breathing.

Be considerate

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It’s easy to forget that all of those other vehicles have people just like you in them. Treat other cars the same way you would treat pedestrians on the sidewalk. Weaving and cutting off are two of the top complaints from angry drivers. Use your turn signal and don’t break suddenly. Don’t honk unless it’s absolutely necessary and do use the ‘I’m sorry’ gesture when you mess up. This should go without saying, but never, ever use the ‘F-you’ gesture when someone makes you angry. Let cars into your lane when traffic is heavy and be sure to wave at drivers who do the same for you.

Don’t engage

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Not everyone knows how to avoid road rage; if someone gets aggressive with you, do your best to neutralize the situation. Don’t make eye contact, just keep going and try to move away from them quickly and calmly.

Plan ahead

Especially if you tend to get lost easily or run late. Rushing and getting lost both lead to erratic driving on your part and angers other drivers. Last but not least, try to get a good night’s sleep whenever possible. There are a million reasons why it’s important to be well-rested and safe driving is one of them.

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